Isis suicide bombing instructor blows up his own class by accident
Terrorist commander detonated an explosive belt strapped to himself
By Christopher Hooton – 11 August 2014
An Isis commander at a terrorist training camp north of Baghdad accidentally detonated a belt packed with explosives during a demonstration in front of a group militants on Monday, killing himself and 21 nearby trainees.
The accident was a source of dark humour for locals, with suicide attacks in public spaces having become an almost daily occurrence in Iraq.
A bomber struck a falafel shop near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad last week, and when told of the bungled training demonstration by the New York Times, Raad Hashim, who works at a liquor store near the site of the bombing, burst out laughing.
"This is so funny," he said. "It shows how stupid they are, those dogs and sons of dogs."
On a more serious note, he added: "It also gives me pain, as I remember all the innocent people that were killed here.”
"This is God showing justice. This is God sending a message to the bad people and the criminals in the world, to tell them to stop the injustice and to bring peace. Evil will not win in the end. It’s always life that wins over death.
Another local told the newspaper: "I heard this today when my friend rang me in the afternoon to tell me about it. He was so happy as if he was getting married, which made me happy as well. In pictures: The rise of Isis
"I hope that their graves burn and all the rest of them burn as well. I was not happy with the number killed, though: I wanted more of them to die, as I remember my friend who was killed by a suicide bomber in 2007."
A further 15 people were wounded in the explosion, according to police and army officials, which took place at a compound situated in the northeastern Salahuddin Province.
The instructor was not named, but was described to the NYT by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was "able to kill the bad guys for once."
Attacks on civilians have worsened since the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), with US senior State Department official Brett McGurk noting that 50 suicide attacks took place in Iraq in November, compared with three in November 2012.
"The suicide bomber phenomenon, it is complete insanity," he said at a congressional hearing last week.